Can you help MPs weigh up balance of UK energy supply amid oil price slump, shale boom and opposition to onshore renewables?

 

The energy trilemma
The energy trilemma

By DARA BUTTERFIELD

To launch its final report of this Parliament, Fuelling the debate: ECC Committee successes and future challenges, the  Westminster Energy and Climate Change Committee is holding a consultation in London on 12 March for energy investors, specialists and campaigners to discuss future challenges and opportunities in energy and climate change policy.

Tim Yeo, MP, Chairman of Westminster’s Energy and Climate Change Committee, said: “The UK is committed to creating a secure and affordable, low-carbon energy system.

“Yet oil price volatility, opposition to onshore renewable energy development, shale gas exploration, and events in Ukraine and the Middle East all present considerable challenges to policymakers trying to achieve those goals.

“As we launch our final report we will be bringing together some of the leading participants in the energy debate to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the next Parliament on energy and climate policy.”

The conference will feature contributions from industry leaders and energy experts. The event will be chaired by Nick Butler, Visiting Professor and Chair of the King’s Policy Institute, King’s College London. As well as senior executives from UK energy companies, the list of speakers includes: 

  • Jeremy Oppenheim, Director, McKinsey & Co; New Climate Economy
  • Professor Catherine Mitchell, Professor of Energy Policy, University of Exeter
  • Mathew Bell, CEO, Committee on Climate Change
  • Dr Jeremy Leggett, Chair, Carbon Tracker Initiative
  • Jonathan Brearley, Founder, Brearley Economics

The event is free and will be held at City Gate House, 39-45 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1PQ.

Meanwhile, MPs on the Energy Committee will publish their ‘Linking emissions trading systems report’ on 17 February and their ‘Network costs report’ on 19 February.

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